PLAYING WITH … CALLAWAY SURE OUT WEDGES
Cost: $189.99 each. Tested by: Jimmy Emanuel, Golf Australia Writer (GA Handicap 9.4)
Struggling with your bunker play? Callaway’s Sure Out wedges are perfect for escaping any and every sand trap.
MODEL PLAYED: Callaway Sure Out 58° and 64° lofts, fitted with KBS 90 Wedge shafts. FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Loft, grooves and bounce! As soon as I laid eyes on the Sure Out wedge it was clear what it was designed for. The wide, undercut sole with plenty of bounce looked perfect for escaping any and every bunker found on any golf course around the world.
Both wedges appeared to have more loft than what was stamped on the head when behind the ball, particularly the 64°, which looked as if it might go straight up in the air.
The grooves all the way to the toe aren’t new for Callaway and instilled confidence that the Sure Out wedges would keep up with other wedges in spin, especially in bunkers, where contact can often be towards the toe. HOW IT PERFORMED: To say I was impressed with the performance from the outset is an understatement.
After my first outing on the course and first shot struck with the Sure Out I was well on my way to being convinced of the design and benefits of the club.
After throwing a few balls in a greenside bunker and removing the plastic from the 64° I settled in to my stance, aiming square to the target with the clubface square as Callaway encourage with the Sure Out. A solid thud threw the ball comfortably from the bunker, a bounce then check and the ball disappeared into the hole!
Although the Sure Out didn’t continue to find the bottom of the hole every time I hit a bunker shot, it did continue to impress with performance from the sand. From all distances and no matter what swing I made or lie I managed to find or create in a greenside bunker, the Sure Out did as promised, getting ‘out’ every time, bar one.
The only occasion I left a shot in the bunker in my entire time of testing was in a steep faced, sodden bunker while channelling the worst bunker player’s swing I have seen. The ball still almost cleared the lip, even with my intentional lack of a follow through and horrible lie.
With the square approach Callaway encourages, the Sure Out reliably throws the ball high with spin, and while it won’t turn you into Seve Ballesteros it will give you a reliable and consistent result no matter the quality of strike. With the clubface slightly opened the high bounce and enhanced camber of the sole help the ball fly out higher still, with more zip.
To completely test the Sure Out’s performance and design, I made every bad bunker swing I have seen. From the back-foot flip to the no follow through dump of the club into the sand, every shot and swing achieved almost the exact same result, a soft-landing escape onto the green.
As was expected the wide sole and high bounce were not ideal when chipping from tight lies, but the Sure Out was usable from any lie around the green, producing consistent results and excelling in heavy, thick rough thanks to the sole design.
Longer shots from the fairway were consistent and certainly good enough to overlook the slight lack of versatility in favour of the outstanding bunker performance.